Abruzzo’s coastline stretches for 125km from the border with the Marche region down to the seaside resort of Vasto. The main town and resort of the Abruzzo coast is PESCARA, a bustling, modern place that’s the region’s most commercial city, with a 16km stretch of beach. It’s also the nearest town to Abruzzo’s airport, where low-cost flights from the UK touch down.
Pescara was heavily bombed in World War II and architecturally there’s little of distinction here, but the town makes a good base for excursions to the atmospheric medieval villages of Loreto Aprutino and Atri. Next stop along the coast is Chieti, home to a superb archeological museum.